Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hanukkah Adyo!

Last night we lit the eighth and final candle of Hanukkah, which means that our holiday is coming to a close.  But let's not be too hasty. Let's let the spirit linger. After all, today is still the eighth day of Hanukkah, so there's still time for a little more song and celebration.

So as we prepare to say farewell to our festival of lights, let's say it in Ladino, the Sephardic, Judeo-Spanish dialect:  Adyo!  No doubt you notice the resemblance to adios, which literally means, to God, appropriate enough for a holiday that celebrates the defense of our religious heritage.

And let's celebrate the end of our eight-day cycle with the Ladino Hanukkah song, Ocho Kandelikas.  Here's a lovely version of the song written by Florry Jagoda, performed by a group called Los Des:

And here's a swinging version from Kenny Ellis:

And for good measure, let's also include a rock version from The LeeVees performing live at the Highline Ballroom in New York City:


So, let the melodies of Hanukkah linger, and let the glow of the Hanukkah lights continue to shine on us all! And let's say once more, Happy Hanukkah, and blessings of the season to one and all!

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